What has been interpreted as our “entitled, lazy and not motivated youth” is really our older teens/young adults feeling disconnected from our old ways – old systems – that they do not resonate with and lead to feelings of frustration, feeling lost, even depressed. The biggest message I am hearing is THE YOUTH WANT US TO HEAR THEIR VOICE. When our youth reconnect to their intuition and truth – they will uncover their mission. This will be seen in the companies and organizations that they choose to work for and with. The older youth will pave the way for the younger children who are already questioning and pushing the status quo. (I see with my own children!)
THIS IS ALL CHANGING WITH OUR YOUTH: 15 – 25 YEAR OLDS
It is more than breaking cycles. It is about leading by example and fostering and nurturing our youth – the leaders of today. – to become the creators of changes that they want to see in our world. No longer will our children stand for irresponsibility and status quo. With guidance and mentoring, these children will begin to demand authenticity, accountability and responsibility in our businesses, communities, political, social and economic systems. Listening to the experts who deal with youth, in particular, the indigo and crystal children, the children today are much more aware of things, want to challenge the status quo and break down our systems, to begin to create frameworks that resonate and make more sense for them. These same children know they have to walk the walk.
Part of the challenge is to find a way to bridge the gap between our older teens/young adults and the baby boomers. In my research I have found that there are many similarities between the baby boomers, particularly when they were young and challenged the systems, and the youth of today. Over time, these same baby boomers who wanted change have created systems that were relevant for their time however many of these need to be revisited and perhaps revamped and even dismissed altogether. There may be a new, more efficient way to do something that did not exist in previous years or decades. The greatest difference I can see between the two groups is in the “how”; the process of how each group comes to things. The baby boomers want to know that something works or has been working for years if not decades whereas the youth and young adults are more concerned with today and looking forward: does this make sense for today and our future? I feel that it will be a hybrid that will bring the changes we want. We do not want to ignore the past yet we must look to what makes sense and is relevant, today. Holding on to old ways and patterns does not make sense when we are not reaching our outcome. It’s about creating the YUBOS movement – youth and baby boomers while eliminating the feeling of competition. It is time to turn to collaboration as a way to our future success!
My forthcoming book, We’re Not Gonna Take It: a youth’s tool bag of essential life skills for transitioning from high school to post-secondary education to the workplace, I believe is part of the solution to our youth crisis. It is in the final editing stages and contains tools, resources, knowledge, shared experiences, exercises, for our youth to learn from and make their own; these tools are the foundation for success in their life, personally and professionally. I look forward to giving the youth the tools enabling them to speak up and speak out, challenge the systems in a respectful way to bring viable and sustainable change. I am also creating many partnerships and alliances with people, groups and organizations that align with this vision and mission.
The book is also a call to action for our youth to say, ‘hey, we’re not gonna take it’ – accept what is being handed down to them: underemployment, unemployment, huge student-debt upon graduation, ‘just-in-time’ hiring practices, reduced training and minimal transference of knowledge, precarious employment opportunities (i.e. short-term contracts, part-time and temporary work), forced to live at home until late 20s/early 30s, inability to be active participants in society and buy homes, consumer items and pay taxes, and finally anxiety and stress to the point of hopelessness, depression and even suicide.